- 1 [countable] a piece of jewellery that you wear on your finger, consisting of a round band of gold, silver, etc., sometimes decorated with precious stones a gold ring A diamond glittered on her ring finger (= the finger next to the little finger, especially on the left hand). see also engagement ring, signet ring, wedding ring circle
- 2 [countable] an object in the shape of a circle with a large hole in the middle a key ring curtain rings onion rings
- 3 [countable] a round mark or shape She had dark rings around her eyes from lack of sleep. The children sat on the floor in a ring. for performance/competition
- 4 [countable] a confined area in which animals or people perform or compete, with seats around the outside for the audience a boxing ring a circus ring The next competitor rode into the ring. see also bullring for cooking
- 5[countable] (especially British English) a small flat place on a cooker/stove that is heated by gas or electricity and is used for cooking on synonym burner to turn off the gas ring group of people
- 6[countable] a group of people who are working together, especially in secret or illegally a spy ring a drugs ring See related entries: Committing crime Word Origin Old English hring, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ring, German Ring, also to the noun rank.Extra examples Customs officials have broken up a major drug ring. He can blow smoke rings. He entered the ring wearing his usual outfit. He had a signet ring on his little finger. He had dark rings around his eyes. He has earned three Super Bowl rings in the last four years. He slipped the ring on her finger. He was back in the ring only a month after the injury. His right ear sported a gold ring. I pulled the small ring box out of my pocket. I put the saucepan on the ring. She had a small nose ring. She kissed the great ring of the archbishop of Chicago. She wore a diamond engagement ring. The children formed a ring around their teacher. The street plan of the city has evolved as a series of concentric rings. They exchange rings and wedding vows. a plate of onion rings a ring of fire/smoke/stones Onion rings should be thin and crispy. She had dark rings around her eyes from lack of sleep. The four men are accused of running a drug smuggling ring.Idioms (informal) to be much better at doing something than somebody else I used to beat my son at chess but now he runs rings around me. to announce officially that you are going to compete in an election, a competition, etc.